Vince Kehres will leave Mount Union to be join Jason Candle’s staff at Toledo, according to a report Monday from the Toledo Blade.
Kehres’s role has not been defined, but he will either be assistant head coach and linebackers coach or defensive coordinator, according to the paper.
In leaving Mount Union, Kehres abdicates the throne of one of college football’s great coaching dynasties. His father, Larry Kehres, went 332-34-3 with with 11 Division III national championships from 1986 through his retirement in 2012. Vince took over in 2013, going 95-6 with national titles in 2015 and ’17 and runner-up finishes in 2013, ’14 and ’18.
A former Mount Union defensive end, Vince coached under his father from 2000-12, where he worked alongside Toledo head coach Jason Candle.
Candle played at Mount from 2000-01, coached the Purple Raiders’ wide receivers from 2003-06, then served as offensive coordinator from 2007-08 before joining another Mount alum in Matt Campbell at Toledo.
With Kehres moving to FBS, Mount Union becomes one of the biggest job openings in Division III since Lance Leipold left Wisconsin-Whitewater for Buffalo in 2015.
Should the school opt to stay in-house, Kehres leaves behind two capable understudies in offensive coordinator Geoff Dartt and defensive coordinator Chris Kappas. A pair of FootballScoop Division III Coordinator of the Year award winners, both are Mount alums with years of experience in their current roles (six for Dartt, five for Kappas).
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